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Principal / Sr Principal Supply Chain Planning Specialist – AHT

Requisition ID: R10065204

  • Category IconCategory: Global Supply Chain
  • Location IconLocation: Elkton, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman is currently seeking a Principal (level 3) / Sr. Principal (level 4) Supply Chain Planning Specialist in our Supply Chain department.  The position will be in our facility in Elkton, Maryland.

The Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems and Controls (PS&C) facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton PS&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers.  The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, Palm Beach, FL and San Jose, CA.

Job Summary:

The Staff Supply Chain Planning Specialist is a strong leader with demonstrated project management and supply chain management skills. The position will own and coordinate activities in support of material requirements, material cost accounting, and supplier management on an assigned program.   Further, this position will promote a focus on safety and employee Lean/PES/Six Sigma tools throughout program planning and implementation.

Primary Job responsibilities are:

  • Liaison for assigned program(s) and supply chain management function including buyers, planners, subcontract administrators, scheduling, customers and suppliers, etc.
  • Represent Northrop Grumman in Program Management Reviews (PMRs) and leadership briefings (internal/external).
  • Oversee all Supply Chain Management activities needed to meet program requirements and maintain link between various Supply Chain functions including Purchasing/Sub-Contracts, Logistics and Production Control
  • Identify and mitigate program risks as they pertain to material requirements
  • Oversee material program planning and execution through applicable phases to support prime program requirements: concept, exploration, engineering development, advanced development, production, sustainment, retirement, etc.

Material Management:

  • Prepare and execute Material Program Plans (MPPs) and supply strategy
  • Support completion of the bill of material including product and part definition, scrap and yield analysis, and order policies.
  • Maintain program line of balance and ensure supplier deliveries are aligned with production schedule.
  • Lead activities to mitigate material risks and obsolescence, ensuring 100% material availability
  • Responsible for program materials through acceptance

Supplier Management:

  • Develop supply chain strategy – including supplier development and supplier risk management, which may include development of secondary sources, safety stocks, and buffer stocks,
  • Support vendor assessments for operational effectiveness
  • Implement Supplier Performance Management Practices including Business Management Reviews, Scorecard Reviews, Supplier Surveys and Operational Assessments as appropriate

Materials Finance

  • Develop and maintain the monthly sales forecasts for selected programs 
  • Provide weekly status for forecasted sales for materials
  • Assist with billing/invoice issues which are delaying invoices from being processed on time
  • Provide monthly material IWO support to ensure accurate forecast and ETC on select programs
  • Act in an SME role on the development and maintenance of month end material forecast and ETC finance deliverables.
  • Provide Sales & Ops Materials Watch list input and compare to program forecasts.  Identify any risks and opportunities.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to deterring and defeating any adversary, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.  #NGSkills

The position to be hired to will depend upon qualifications, education, and experience.

Basic Requirements Principal (level 3):

  • This position emphasized skills and experience. Must have 10 years of experience.  Will consider a Bachelor’s degree with 6 years of experience or a Masters degree with 4 years of experience.
  • 5 years of experience managing programs, subcontracts, materials, and/or services.
  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP systems, financial systems, FAR, and ITAR
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Ability to acquire a Security Clearance which requires US Citizenship as a pre-requisite.

Basic Requirements Sr Principal (level 4):

  • This position emphasized skills and experience. Must have 14 years of experience.  Will consider a Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of experience or a Masters degree with 8 years of experience.
  • 5 years of experience managing programs, subcontracts, materials, and/or services.
  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP systems, financial systems, FAR, and ITAR
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Ability to acquire a Security Clearance which requires US Citizenship as a pre-requisite.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Degree in Engineering, Business, Finance, Supply Chain Management or related field 
  • EVMS experience
  • Active Secret Security Clearance 
  • Experience with additive manufactured parts and suppliers highly preferred
  • Aerospace and/or DoD experience

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location.  Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor.


Salary Range: $80,100 USD - $120,100 USD
Salary Range 2: $99,200 USD - $148,800 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.